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PETITE MAMAN, LAMB and COW Headline MUBI UK’s February Line-Up

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The arthouse streaming service has announced its February line-up.

MUBI UK hits the farm this February with Andrea Arnold's documentary Cow and the Icelandic oddity Lamb. The roster also includes Céline Sciamma's latest, a selection from Berlinale, a Brazilian Cannes winner and a romantic selection for Valentine's Day.

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Petite Maman
Petite Maman (2021), the latest treasure from Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Girlhood), arrives on MUBI this month. The story follows eight-year-old Nelly who, after the death of her beloved grandmother, meets a mysterious friend in the woods. Together they embark on a fantastical journey of discovery, which helps Nelly come to terms with this newfound loss.

A favourite from the 2021 festival circuit, this highly acclaimed, sublime modern fairytale examines childhood, memory and loss with a delicate touch, elegantly weaved together into an enchanting and moving depiction of love and acceptance.

To accompany the release of Petite Maman MUBI will be showing a programme of Sciamma’s perceptive portraits of childhood including: Tomboy (2011), Water Lilies (2007) and My Life as a Courgette (2016), for which she co-wrote the screenplay.


Academy Award-winning director Andrea Arnold (American Honey, Fish Tank) returns with Cow (2021), a compelling portrait of the life of a dairy cow called Luma that marks her first foray into feature-length documentary filmmaking.

This intimate and observational work chronicles its subject’s daily life, from grazing in green fields to giving birth, making milk and everything in between. A profoundly empathetic and unexpectedly moving contemplation of life and our relationship with animals, this is pure cinema shot through with Arnold’s typically vivacious energy.


This month, the audacious, genre-defying debut feature Lamb (2021) from Icelandic writer-director Valdimar Jóhannsson streams exclusively on MUBI. The darkly compelling fable tells the story of a couple living alone on a remote farm, who find their quiet existence shaken by the astonishing discovery of a mysterious newborn amongst their sheep. They decide to raise the child as their own, but soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature.

Winner of the Prize of Originality award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, and featuring a career-best performance from Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), this disturbing and uniquely unsettling cinematic experience is truly unlike anything you’ve seen before.

With Lamb landing, MUBI will be spotlighting other gems from contemporary Icelandic cinema, including Grímur Hákonarson’s acclaimed Rams (2017) and Rúnar Rúnarsson’s kaleidoscopic Echo (2019).


Festival Focus: Berlinale
MUBI's February special Festival Focus: Berlinale returns with highlights from the 2021 summer edition of the Berlin International Film Festival.

This year’s selection includes Ballad of a White Cow (2021) co-directed by Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam, For Lucio (2021) Pietro Marcello’s follow up to the highly acclaimed Martin Eden (2019), and Human Factors (2021) from Ronny Trocker, as well as MUBI Releases Taste (2021), Le Bao’s stunning and original debut tapping into the politics and broken promises of globalization and migration, and Petite Maman (2021), Céline Sciamma’s tender reflection on mother-daughter relationships.

Never Gonna Snow Again

Never Gonna Snow Again
Małgorzata Szumowska (The Other Lamb) and long-time collaborator Michal Englert craft an atmospheric fairytale observing the socio-political turmoil of modern-day Poland in Never Gonna Snow Again (2020), streaming exclusively on MUBI this month.

The Eastern European masseur Zhenia possesses an almost magical gift. Working in a gated community in Poland, he quickly becomes a guru-like figure to his wealthy clients, treating their pains and worries. However, Zhenia’s background remains a mystery – leaving the residents to wonder what secrets the outsider might be carrying with him.

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão
Winner of Un Certain Regard at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, director Karim Aïnouz’s The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão (2019) comes to MUBI exclusively. Starting in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s, the decade spanning melodrama tackles the obligations and expectations of toxic patriarchal societies in a stylish and sweeping style.

Sisters Euridice and Guida, although immersed in a traditional life, each nourish a dream: Euridice of becoming a pianist, Guida of finding love. Forced to live apart, they take control of their destinies while never giving up hope of finding each other.

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In the Mood for Love: A Valentine’s Day Celebration
MUBI presents a Valentine’s Day triple bill fit for both the cynics and the lovers. They start the series with Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Asako I & II (2018), the Japanese romance drama twisting love at first sight with a case of mistaken identity, followed by François Ozon’s L’amant Double (2017), the psychological thriller of a woman falling in love with her psychiatrist and discovering his secret double life. To finish the series off, the beautifully restored Love Affair (1939), directed by Leo McCarey – a tender and bittersweet story of star-crossed lovers who fall hopelessly in love with each other after meeting aboard a New York bound ocean liner.

Akosua Adoma Owusu: The Hair Trilogy

Akosua Adoma Owusu: The Hair Trilogy
This month’s artist focus spotlights the work of Ghanaian-American experimental filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu. Her work opens a cinematic space for feminist and queer ideas whilst her bold, playful and freewheeling shorts blur boundaries between experimental, narrative and non-fiction filmmaking.

“The Hair Trilogy,” featuring White Afro (2019), Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (2012) and My White Baby (Me Broni Ba) (2009), explores the entanglements of the power, politics, and appropriation of Black hair and beauty practices.

The Child of Another (Muna Moto)

Rediscovered: The Child of Another (Muna Moto)
Ngando and Ndomé, a couple in love expecting a child, are unable to marry as Ngando is unable to pay the dowry. Ndomé is forced to marry someone else for the sake of tradition, Ngando sinks into despair and decides to kidnap their baby. Jean-Pierre Dikongue-Pipa’s recently restored The Child of Another (Muna Moto) (1975) is a raw and gripping exploration of colonialism, misogyny and exploitation within a local community.